Locals apply pier pressure

Residents rally to rebuild the North Beach Jetty 36 years after it was demolished. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d399617
Residents rally to rebuild the North Beach Jetty 36 years after it was demolished. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d399617

The jetty, which could have been built as early as 1905, was at its peak nearly 70 metres long, and a popular fishing and recreation destination for residents of North Beach and surrounding suburbs from 1923 to the 1960s.

But it suffered significant storm damage in the ’60s, and it was condemned as unsafe by the City of Stirling and demolished in 1977.

A small section was rebuilt, but it only allows for four people to fish safely at any one time, and residents and recreational fishing groups have called for the jetty to be restored to its original length.

The move was strongly supported at the rally on Sunday, with 90 residents and fishers listening to speakers such as RecfishWest chief executive Andrew Rowland, Offshore Angling Club of WA president Laurie Birchall, Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic and RSL president and North Beach resident Graham Edwards, who all called for the restoration of the jetty.

Dr Rowland said there was a significant lack of safe recreational fishing platforms in the area, adding that a return to the former length would allow many more people to use the platform.

‘This part of the coastline, with the rocky shoreline and just the nature of the coast, had a really solid fishing platform for children, the disabled and the elderly,’ Dr Rowland said last week before the rally.

‘There are a lack of these types of platforms that are easily accessed by the elderly and the disabled, definitely, but this is also about heritage.

‘This was a really significant piece of infrastructure and in WA, we’re losing a lot of this infrastructure. They’re expensive to maintain but they are an important part of our lifestyle.’